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FrotoMadness’ comic picks of the week for November 22nd

For my first weekly comic picks write-up, I will talk about two different titles that will be coming out in December from Image Comics’ HOME SICK PILOTS #1, POST AMERICANA #1. I also will give my thoughts on DC’s PUNCHLINE #1 which came out earlier this month.

First up is HOME SICK PILOTS . published by Image Comics and from the team of writer Dan Watters, artist / colorist Caspar Wijngaard, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and designer Tom Muller.

This book takes you to California during the punk rock/grunge movement of 1994. In the story, we encounter rival high school bands, Home Sick Pilots and Nuclear Bastards. The story goes into details about a local legend, an old dilapidated house on the edge of town known as The Old James House, which is believed to be haunted and is feared by many.

The issue introduces our protagonist Ami, the lead character in this series who decides to venture into the house while reflecting on her own past. Her friends come looking for her, and they discover that some of the talk around town was more than just rumors. Overall this a wonderful start to the series. I will be looking forward to the next issue. There isn’t much to be said about the art in this book, it’s rather classic and personally I love it. It’s easy to look at and imagine while not taking focus from the story. Don’t take my word for it though order a copy and see for yourself. 

HOME SICK PILOTS #1 is set for release on December 9th.

Next up is POST AMERICANA from the team of writer and artist Steve Skroce, colorist Dave Stewart, with lettering and design done by FONOGRAFIKS.

I read this story described as “KILL BILL MEETS MAD MAX”, which is the perfect way to describe POST AMERICANA. The story starts off in a bunker built for the elites, before ending up in a dystopian wasteland that is the former America. The art in this book instantly made me think of Mad Max, but with a flare of its own that draws you right back to the story.

The character of focus although not introduced until about the halfway point of the issue is clearly a force to be reckoned with. She is an all around sword wielding badass, and it turns out she is the one who stands in the way of the elites plan to dominate what’s left of the waste land. All in all this futuristic, post apocalyptic, dystopian story is well worth the read. 

The first issue (of the six part mini-series) is due out on December 19th.

Last up for this week is the origin story of one of the hottest new characters this year. PUNCHLINE #1, published by DC Comics and from writers James Tynion IV and Sam Johns, interior art by Mirka Andolfo, colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr, letterer Gabriela Downie, and main cover artist Yasmine Putri.

This book really dives into the story of how Punchline came to be. In the first few pages, I thought the story was just ok, but as it continues it becomes an extremely compelling read. The character of Punchline was introduced into the DC universe earlier this year in several cameos including YEAR OF THE VILLIAN: HELL ARISEN #3 and BATMAN #89. In this book though we get a glimpse of who she was pre-Joker.

Self-described as a “normal kid”, Alexis’ Kaye was just a student that did just enough before getting sucked into the insanity that is The Joker. We see when she meets him on a school field trip and how she slowly slips into an obsession of The Joker. Where it really becomes apparent is when Dr. Leslie Thompkins states her opinion that Alexis has some undiagnosed personality disorder paired with possible PTSD. This book really gives us detail on her descent into chaos. I could honestly go on and on about it, the art, the story, all of the cover variants. This book is just all-around amazing, but one thing I felt that could have made it better is if there was an appearance from one of the Batman family or even Harley Quinn, considering the impact of Punchline had on all of them within the DC Universe.

PUNCHLINE #1 is now available.

Have you read PUNCHLINE? Are you going to pick up the first issues of POST AMERICANA or HOME SICK PILOTS? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

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